CSU Researchers Developing Solutions To Drilling-Induced Methane Emissions

CSU Senior Research Associate Dan Zimmerle demonstates how methane emissions testing is cunducted at the the Methane Emissions Testing Evaluation Center (METAC) at Colorado State University. Video by Mark Roberts

Just east of the mountains that make up Northern Colorado’s Front Range lies an array of pipes and pumps churning out natural gas. Aligned in rows within a fenced-off area near Fort Collins, these well pads are not part of the state’s profit-generating energy industry. Instead, they may hold the key to curbing methane — a source of emissions scientists believe contribute to global climate change. Methane is a colorless, odorless flammable gas and one of the main components of natural gas.